08/26/2013 - TOP MISSISSIPPI PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. ILB Mike Marry (6-2, 256, 4.93)...If Nkemdiche was Ole Miss' biggest surprise on defense a year ago, Marry proved once again to be the team's most consistent performer. A year after leading the team with 81 tackles, Marry finished third on the squad with 78 stops in 2012. Those stops, however, came following a switch to the 4-2-5 scheme Freeze and his staff prefer, and featured significantly more big plays (10.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, forced fumble, interception) for Marry than during his sophomore season (five tackles for loss, two sacks, forced fumble) in which he manned the middle of a traditional 4-3 look.
Marry originally signed with Ole Miss in 2009 but academics forced him to greyshirt, and thus his first season of action on the field came in 2010. He saw action in ten games (one start) and finished with 22 tackles, including three for loss and a sack before breaking through a season ago. Marry possesses prototype size for inside linebacker, demonstrating the toughness to take on and fight through blocks as well as proving himself to be a strong, wrap-up tackler. He is best in a straight-line, however, showing only average agility and foot-speed, overall, struggling to beat speedy SEC ball-carriers to the edge. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com